Being called Ma’am takes some getting used to. I’ve never been one who likes it when a salesperson called me “Honey”, but Ma’am…now that’s a totally different story. Since moving to Franklin, I am Ma’am or Miss Cindy. It’s growing on me and I no longer feel like someone’s mother. In fact, I’m used to it and am now surprised when it doesn’t happen. Manners matter here in Middle Tennessee (and I believe, all over the South), and I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t think so. I think most of us are taught growing up to say “Please”, “Thank you” and “You’re Welcome”, but something has changed in our society and it’s no longer a part of daily conversation. It’s different here and it’s very refreshing. It’s not just children who have good manners; it’s everyone. (I’m sure there’s an exception, but I haven’t found it.) I’m wondering if it’s one of the reasons people just seem happier? Do you think being courteous and polite to others makes a difference? I do. When I first moved here, I asked workmen at the house to call me Cindy, but the response was always the same. “I can call you Ma’am or Miss Cindy, but not Cindy.” So I asked why they couldn’t and each of them said, “Because my Mama would slap me up side the head, Ma’am.” So…I’m Ma’am or Miss Cindy. It’s a simple thing really, but when day-to-day manners are part of the dialogue, we somehow treat each other better. By the way, Dominic is “Sir” and he likes it! I’d love to hear your thoughts on the importance of manners and how they’re missing.
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